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India suffers setback in satellite mission after ‘technical anomaly’

New Delhi – The Indian Space Research Organisation said Thursday that its mission to put its Earth observation satellite EOS-03 into orbit “could not be accomplished fully” because of a “technical anomaly,” Anadolu Agency reported.

“GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle)-F10 launch took place on Aug 12, 2021 at 0543 Hrs IST as scheduled. Performance of first and second stages was normal,” the agency said in a statement.

“However, Cryogenic Upper Stage ignition did not happen due to technical anomaly.”

It further said that “the mission couldn’t be accomplished as intended.”

The launch took place at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

On Wednesday evening, Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said the launch is a state-of-the-art Earth observation satellite.

“Earth Observation Satellite EOS-03 is an excellent agile Earth Observatory being launched from the second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. It will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10,” Singh said.

“Subsequently, the satellite will reach geostationary orbit using its on-board propulsion system.”

The satellite was expected to provide real-time images of large areas and regions of interest at frequent intervals and help “in quick monitoring of natural disasters, episodic events as well as any short-term events.”

The EOS-03 was previously known as the GISAT-1 and was originally expected to be launched on March 5, 2020. It was postponed, however, due to “technical reasons,” the agency said.

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